Prime Ministers of India:Bharat Bhagya Vidhata-1947-2009
NEW DELHI, April 1: Living in a slum for than two decades, Sultana Begum, the great granddaughter-in-law of India’s last emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar, has found an unusual saviour – a coffee-table book on all the past and present prime ministers of independent and sovereign India.
Releasing the book “Prime Ministers of India:Bharat Bhagya Vidhata-1947-2009”, at a function held at India Habitat Centre in the national capital here on April 1, 2010, the Union Minister for Corporate Affairs who is also holing the charge of minority affairs, Mr. Salman Khurshid called upon the intelligentsia, corporate houses and heads of other private sector undertakings to join the movement “Andolan Ek Pustak Se” and come forward to protect the ‘human heritage’
Mr Khurshid also stressed the need to bring the ashes of Zafar from Rangoon to India to fulfill his last wish.
The book, has been compiled, edited and published by Neena Jha and Shivnath Jha under the aegis of Andolan Ek Pustak Se, to raise fund to rehabilitate Sultana Begum, the 56-year-old widow of Bedar Bakht, great grand son of India’s last emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar – the commander-in-chief of India’s first war of independence 1857 mutiny.
A poor widow of Bedar Bakht with four daughters and a son, lives in a slum of gold panners - an impoverished community from Bihar which sifts waste water used by the goldsmiths to produce traces of the metal – and sells tea in a kiosk in Shibpur in Howrah, a semi-urban township of Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal.